The man identified as the first patient in the U.S. to suffer from the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, was released from an Indiana hospital on Friday and is cleared to travel, authorities said.
“The patient has tested negative for MERS, is no longer symptomatic and poses no threat to the community,” said Dr. Alan Kumar, chief medical information officer of Community Hospital in Munster, Ind.
Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the patient lives in Saudi Arabia and was working in a Riyadh hospital that housed patients with the deadly respiratory disease.
The patient has family in the U.S. and came for a planned visit, officials said, but they cited confidentiality rules in declining to provide additional details about him. The World Health Organization, however, described the patient as a U.S. citizen in his 60s.
Multiple tests on the patient done at different times by the Indiana and CDC investigators tested negative for the virus. No additional cases of MERS have been identified in the United States, health officials said.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times